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Russian Steel Firm Joins Consortium
to Purchase Winner Steel

Thursday, February 15, 2007
Novolipetsk Steel, a Russian flat-steel producer, has formed a consortium with Duferco U.S. Investment Corp. and Esmark Inc. to purchase the assets of Winner Steel, Sharon, PA, an independent galvanized-steel producer. It operates three galvanizing lines with combined annual capacity of 1.2 million tons. The consortium has entered into a letter of intent with Winner Steel, subject to negotiation. The deal should close in the second quarter of 2007. Learn more about Novolipetsk Steel at; Winner Steel is online at Duferco Group is based in Lugano, Switzerland, and is a global producer, processor and trader of steel products, including raw materials used to make steel. Esmark, Chicago, IL, is a family of steel-service centers.

Lean Workshop Coming to a City Near You

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute, Cambridge, MA, presents a series of workshops that address the people issues as well as the technical issues of a lean-manufacturing transformation. Workshops teach actual applications, not just concepts, with case studies, worksheets and the methodologies that managers need for implementation. The workshop schedule: Indianapolis, IN, March 20-22; Los Angeles, CA, April 17-19; Jacksonville, FL, May 15-17; and Charlotte, NC, June 12-14. For more information, visit

Cleveland to Host Interwire 2007 in May

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The Wire Association International will hold its 77th annual convention, Interwire 2007, in Cleveland, OH, May 5-10. Co-located with Interwire is the International Fastener Exhibition. Interwire 2007, sponsored by the American Wire Producers Association, Society of Plastics Engineers and Wire & Cable Industry Suppliers Association, will feature more than 500 exhibitors as well as a technical program, plant tours, guest speakers, awards ceremony, committee meetings and networking activities. Additional details as well as online registration and housing reservations can be found at


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